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Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

Infamous booster Nevin Shapiro allegedly hung out with Dwyane Wade, Shaq, along with rest of Miami

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It was only really a matter of time, honestly. Nevin Shapiro is the infamous convict who ran a Ponzi scheme and recently provided enough detailed evidence of widespread corruption and NCAA violation at the University of Miami to tarnish their reputation for a decade. The U is a nuclear wasteland right now as the NCAA tries to figure out what to do about the rampant violations that have gone on throughout the years, whether they’re bad enough to supersede their standard statute of limitations, and exactly how much money went to hookers. That’s right, hookers.

As all this happened in Miami, and the circles of athletics tend to loop out into Venn diagrams of absurdity with the higher levels, especially as many U athletes who knew and trusted Nevin became professional athletes who knew and trusted Shapiro, that eventually there would be some brief, grazing impact with the Heat. It’s simply too unlikely that no member of the Heat and Shapiro ever crossed paths. Turns out, the Miami Herald reports that it wasn’t just a path crossing. They report that Shapiro and two very prominent members of NBA society in the mid-00’s knew Shapiro according to the incarcerated former booster, as told by Lucky Strikes bowling alley co-owner Brian D. Elias:

Elias said while that may have happened under his nose, he doesn’t remember seeing Shapiro at Lucky Strike often with UM players. But he does remember Shapiro ringing up similar tabs while he partied with his girlfriend and others.

“He would go there virtually every weekend to watch college and pro football,” Elias said. “It got to a point where we would speak every time I saw him there. We became friends. He may not have been tall in stature. But he had a huge personality. Everybody liked him. People gravitated to him, I’m not talking about football players, I’m talking about people in general. He liked to brag about not just UM [players], but anybody, playing around with Dwyane Wade, Shaq, the Chief of Police. He never ever, ever, mentioned to me he had a tournament bowling for dollars at Lucky Strike in all the times I knew him.

via Eye on the U | Lucky Strike co-owner said UM President Donna Shalala ‘shouldn’t be demonized’ in infamous photo.

So the owner of a bowling alley who used to talk with Shapiro years ago says that Shapiro said he hung out with Shaq and Wade.

Well, I’m convinced 100% that this is completely accurate!

You’re going to find a lot of these kinds of ancillary connections to Shapiro all over Miami. He operated in the biggest clubs, the most known spots, knew the most powerful people. You don’t rip off millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme hanging out with the staff at T.G.I.Friday’s. So it’s entirely possible he was introduced to Shaq and Wade at some point. It’s possible they may have run in similar circles at one point. It’s conceivable they were friends.


This is a scandal that rocked Miami’s athletic community. No one’s going to be left untouched by the end of it. Let’s just hope the good name of Antoine Walker isn’t dragged into this.


The one where Betty White slaps Shaq

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This pretty much sounds like a rejected sitcom setup: Betty White — she of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and then “The Golden Girls” and then the late-in-life pop culture resurgence — was hanging out with Shaquille O’Neal, and he proposed marriage to her.

But it kind of happened. It was staged, but it happened. And we have the video. Which you can bet will show up on the TNT postgame show at one point next season.

Thanks to Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie for scouring the internet to find this gem.

Even Obama thinks Rondo needs to get a jumper

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One game this March, Rajon Rondo’s jumper was just off. What game? Take your pick. But this time it was President Barack Obama’s fault.

At least that’s how Shaquille O’Neal remembers it.

Shaq, who was with the Celtics in spirit last year if not on the court, has a new book coming out written with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. CSNNE.com has this excerpt.

In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.

KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.

The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.

Obama wishes it were so easy to throw the Republicans off their game.

But what Shaq really wants to do is direct

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Once the owners and players get around to having an NBA season, Shaquille O’Neal will have a day job. Well, really a night job, but he’ll be part of the TNT crew on Inside the NBA.

But he’s coming up with a fallback position.

The man who helped bring us “Kazaam” now is studying to direct, according to TMZ.

Shaq is about to complete the Filmmaking Conservatory at the New York Film Academy’s branch at Universal Studios Hollywood. Shaq’s been very hands-on during directing and cinematography classes — walking his crew through stunts … and shooting on the studio’s famous back lot.

In some ways Shaq has the personality to be a director — he can be gregarious, funny and friendly and get people to do his bidding that way. Should he need to intimidate a little, well, he is a rather massive human being.

But after “Steel” do we really trust Shaq’s script choices? He’s worse than Brendan Fraser.

Shaq names the five NBA players he’d most want to fight

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Shaquille O’Neal, out of the NBA and into the studio, remains one of the most interesting personalities in the sport. Because he’s up for anything.

Such as going on Inside MMA television and naming the five NBA players he’d most want to fight.

Some interesting answers, and frankly I’d pay to see a Shaq vs. Charles Oakley throwdown. Even now, but if you could go back a dozen or so years it would be really interesting. And Shaq also lists the one NBA player I most wanted to punch as a fan growing up — Danny Ainge. (It’s a Lakers/Celtics thing, and he just bugged me.)

Hat tip to Got ‘Em Coach for the vid.